New hatch will go on sale in the second half of this year; latest pictures preview its facelifted exterior

Photographers have snapped new images of the upcoming Audi A3 hatchback as it undergoes winter testing.

The updated model looks set to receive a mild facelift when it arrives this summer, bringing its exterior into line with the Mk5 A4 that went on sale in November.

From these latest pictures we can see that the main aesthetic changes include a wider front grille and restyled headlights, while at the back the bumper has also received minor tweaks to its design.

The most significant change to the facelifted A3 is expected to be the optional addition of Audi’s latest Virtual Cockpit technology, which already features on models like the TT, A4 and Q7.

The facelifted hatchback will be joined by saloon and convertible versions of the A3. Although we haven't yet seen the new drop-top, our photographers spotted the saloon testing late last year.

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As it stands, the A3 accounts for every fifth Audi registered worldwide

The Audi A3 is now in its third-generation and the premium hatchback ups the ante on quality once more

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26 January 2016
It'll be interesting to see to how well the "Virtual Cockpit technology" is received as I presume you won't get the pop-up sat-nav/media screen as well. Personally I'd go without the optional Virtual crap and have the more sensible/safer positioned pop-up screen and dials, something a few other manufacturers should pick-up on. Having said that they've made the option pretty cheap on the A4, £150'ish less than the cost of the Sat Nav SD card! Maybe they think people wouldn't buy it otherwise


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26 January 2016
Audi let you keep the pop-up screen as well. (sorry forgot to mention that bit)


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26 January 2016
The Sportback being a Golf-hatch equivalent, I'd have thought an A3 Avant would be a good idea. VW already have utility hatches from Golf, Octavia and Leon so perhaps they don''t see the need. After all, no one prefers premium brands do they (oops - turns sarcasm off).

26 January 2016
I wonder if there will be any revisions to the engine line up. The e-tron is pretty expensive for a small car, perhaps there'll be a cheaper hybrid. I was going to buy the saloon late last year but bought a Q3 instead. Good job, as there would have been bigger depreciation (the imminent arrival of the new A4 saloon also made me think twice about the A3 Saloon).

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